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Jim Lane handles the lines of a team at the World Percheron Congress this past fall at Des Moines, Iowa.

Showing horses a family affair

Lone Oak Percherons of Birtle known throughout the world

A love of horses runs deep at Lone Oak Percherons of Birtle. Just how deep? Three generations, to be exact. Jim and Darlene Lane got things started as pregnant mare urine (PMU) producers over 30 years ago, which presented them with a great opportunity to breed and raise their own stock. Since those early days,

Brandon to host Best of Belgian Breed event

Draft horse fans can look forward to an extra treat as the North American Belgian Championships returns July 17-21

If you didn’t get enough of the heavy horses at the recent Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, take heart, because more is on the way this summer. For the first time since 1996, the North American Belgian Championships is coming on July 17 to 21, said Brenda Hunter, secretary of the Manitoba Percheron & Belgian Club


Horses That Won’t Break The Piggy Bank

If your love of horses is greater than your acreage or budget, miniature horses may be just the thing. It was for Heather Hart, who with husband Rod, has about 65 head at Meadowind Miniatures, a 10-acre breeding farm near Carman. “My dad and grandfather had raised Percherons, and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool

Hands-On Teamster Lesson At The RMWF

“It’s all about making people realize that there’s more to harnessing a horse than just throwing those straps on and going.” – THERESA EARLY Driving a team of draft horses sure isn’t like driving a car. And according to Elizabeth Tardiff, who jumped at the chance to take the reins in a hands-on draft horse-driving

Fairs & Festivals – for Jul. 9, 2009

Is your community hosting a farm fair or exhibition in 2009? Contact the Co-operator with your event, dates, location, contact information (phone, e-mail and/or website) and updates or changes at [email protected] July 8-10 – Virden Fair. Chuckwagon and chariot races July 8-9, Provincial Percheron Show July 8. Contact Diane Janzen at 204-748-2451 or by fax



Fairs & Festivals – for Jul. 2, 2009

Is your community hosting a farm fair or exhibition in 2009? Contact the Co-operator with your event, dates, location, contact information (phone, e-mail and/or website) and updates or changes at [email protected] July 2-3 – Crystal City-Clearwater Fair. Contact Dean Buchanan at 204-873-2661. July 2-5 – Dauphin’s Countryfest, Dauphin. Scheduled performers to include Tim McGraw, Doc

Sleigh Day — A Moving Experience

On Sunday, March 29 fifteen sleighs gathered at the farm of Steve Novalkowsky, situated just outside the northwest boundary of Riding Mountain National Park. Steve and Clint Marzoff organize these excursions, held every Sunday in February and March. There were horse-drawn sleighs of every description, some with traditional hay bale seating and one outfitted with